Havre de Grace eighth-graders did everything but sing sea chanteys Tuesday when they sailed from the Tide Water Marina in Havre de Grace on the Lady Maryland, one of two educational vessels operated by the Lady Maryland Foundation. The 30 eighth-grade students all wrote 100-word essays about why they should be chosen to sail. The best essays earned their authors a spot on the boat.
Once on the boat, the students were divided into groups -- watermen, industrialists, developers, environmentalists and recreational users. Ed Snodgrass, director of education for the Lady Maryland, then asked the groups to present aplan that would improve the bay's health to a county executive, played by a deck hand.
"Every day there are 30 students and two teachers that sail on both vessels, learning about the history, economics and ecology of the bay," said James Bond, executive director of the Lady Maryland Foundation.